Head, Digital Projects & Metadata, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Yale University

Job Duties:  The Head of Digital Projects & Metadata is responsible for the day-to-day management of a variety of digital projects and is responsible for overseeing and creating metadata across a wide range of materials including manuscripts, photographs, ephemera, art objects, maps, prints and drawings, books, and other printed material. The Head of Digital Projects & Metadata provides leadership and technical expertise in the investigation and application of new metadata standards; defines input standards; devises quality control routines; proposes local policies and procedures;  maintains and enhances current metadata infrastructure and practices; prepares and evaluates material for digital capture; participates in managing the workflow of the Digital Studio and coordinates and supervises metadata creation by staff, student assistants, and interns; hires and supervises Digital Projects & Metadata staff; provides guidance, training, skill development, and performance evaluation; participates in the formulation of policies and procedures for the Technical Services Department.  The Head of Digital Projects & Metadata is a liaison to the Technology and Digital Assets Department and works collaboratively with other Library staff to develop and employ improved interfaces and delivery tools. The Head of Digital Projects & Metadata represents the Beinecke in Yale University Library-wide and nationally, in discussions and committees pertaining to metadata, cataloging standards, and digital initiatives for digital library development at Yale, and is active professionally. May be required to assist with disaster recovery efforts.  May be assigned to work on West Campus.

Qualifications:  MLS from an ALA-accredited library science program. Cataloging experience in a research or academic library setting, preferably with special collections materials. Demonstrated familiarity with the basic principles and standards for descriptive cataloging of rare printed materials, archival and manuscript material, or visual materials. Knowledge of established and emerging metadata schemes (Dublin Core, EAD, EAC-CPF,MODS, MARC, VRA Core, CDWA), content standards (AACR2, DCRM, DACS, CCO), and thesauri (LCSH, NAF, AAT, TGM). Bibliographic knowledge of at least one modern Western European language. Excellent technical aptitude with computer applications such as MS Excel and MS Access. Experience with library management systems such as Voyager. Experience with digital reformatting projects; experience with project management tools and techniques;   demonstrated ability to use databases and develop functional requirements for them; knowledge of the principles, standards, and technological framework of digital preservation; strong commitment to enhancing service through teamwork and responsiveness to clients and project partners, both internal and external. Ability to excel in a rapidly changing environment. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively across units, organize and coordinate work, handle multiple projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and be an effective contributor to a production-oriented, project environment. Excellent written and oral  communication skills. Supervisory experience  required. One year of professional experience required. For appointment to the rank of Librarian II requires two years of professional experience and professional accomplishments. For appointment to the rank of Librarian III requires five years of professional experience and professional accomplishments.

Salary and Benefits:

We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country’s great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

Contact:  Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be sent by creating an account and applying online at http://www.yale.edu/jobs for immediate consideration – the STARS req ID for this position is 15467BR.  Please be sure to reference # 15467BR in your cover letter.

Schedule:   Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00)

Background Check Requirements:  All external candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. Internal candidates may be subject to a motor vehicle or credit check for this position based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent on successful completion of the required background check.

Please visit http://www.yale.edu/hronline/careers/screening/faqs.html for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

 Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.

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